Mislaid - Nell Zink

With its series of mistaken identities, matches and mismatches, lost and reunited siblings, and tour-de-force courthouse finale, Nell Zink’s second novel follows the trajectory of a Shakespeare comedy. As roles and whereabouts are repeatedly Mislaid, the role-playing itself goes on with gusto. An aspiring playwright casts herself by turns as a literary groupie, a mother, an estranged wife, and a drug dealer. A confusion between “lesbian” and “thespian” points to the fluidity of gender, while with a wave of a purloined birth certificate, a blonde, blue-eyed four year old becomes a black six year old. Unstable to the point of being meaningless, identities are stolen, borrowed, concealed, changed seemingly at will, though each category comes with unshakeable assumptions. A satire of academia, family, and race-class-gender, Zink’s sharp fiction is both understated and over the top. She spots the outrageous in American life and treats it accordingly.

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ISBN: 9780062364777
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Published: Ecco - May 19th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780062364784
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Published: Ecco - January 26th, 2016